Tighter food stamp restrictions are coming under a White House plan that would expand work requirements for those receiving assistance.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plan would add additional restrictions on states’ ability to exempt non-disabled adults from job requirements, according to The Associated Press. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the regulatory changes would save some $15 billion over 10 years.
Currently, able-bodied adults between 18 and 49 without children are required to work 20 hours a week to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the official name for food stamps. Non-disabled adults without dependents are limited to three months of SNAP benefits in a three-year period if they don’t meet the work requirements.
States with unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher are able to apply for one-year waivers on work requirements, however. Currently, waivers are in place in Alaska, District of Columbia, Louisiana and New Mexico. Twenty-nine states are approved for partial waivers based on area-by-area unemployment. Alabama is one of 17 states that does not grant work-requirement waivers.
From Fox News:
The Trump administration is set to constrict work requirements for millions of people who receive federal food assistance and curtail just how much control states have in granting exemptions.